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Remembering Che: My Life with Che Guevara and millions of other books are . Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers. Answer 1 of 6: My husband is very interested in Che Guevara. I would like to download him a book for Christmas - can anyone recommend a good. The Motorcycle Diaries (Spanish: Diarios de Motocicleta) is a memoir that traces the early travels of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, then a.
The journey broke new ground for him in activities that would become central to his life: travelling and writing a diary. For example, following a puncture, he flagged down a lorry to take him to his next destination. By the time he reached Jujuy , he had decided that the best way to get to know and to understand a country was by visiting hospitals and meeting the patients that they housed.
The company that manufactured the engine Ernesto adapted to his bicycle tried to use it for advertising claiming it was very strong since Guevara had gone on such a long tour using its power. Expedition[ edit ] Guevara left kick starts La Poderosa whilst holding the handlebars This isn't a tale of derring-do, nor is it merely some kind of 'cynical account'; it isn't meant to be, at least.
It's a chunk of two lives running parallel for a while, with common aspirations and similar dreams. In nine months a man can think a lot of thoughts, from the height of philosophical conjecture to the most abject longing for a bowl of soup — in perfect harmony with the state of his stomach.
And if, at the same time, he's a bit of an adventurer, he could have experiences which might interest other people and his random account would read something like this diary. Map of Guevara's trip with Alberto Granado. The red arrows correspond to trips by airplane, the last two of which Guevara took alone The trip was carried out in the face of some opposition by Guevara's parents, who knew that their son was both a severe asthmatic and a medical student close to completing his studies.
However, Granado, himself a doctor, assuaged their concerns by guaranteeing that Guevara would return to finish his degree which he ultimately did. Two days stretched into eight, and upon leaving, Chichina gave Guevara a gold bracelet.
The two men crossed into Chile on February At one point they introduced themselves as internationally renowned leprosy experts to a local newspaper, which wrote a glowing story about them.
The travelers later used the press clipping as a way to score meals and other favors with locals along the way. We are looking for the bottom part of the town.
We talk to many beggars. Our noses inhale attentively the misery. It is especially at this moment an immense task, because of the great amount of dollars they have invested here and the convenience of using economical pressure whenever they believe their interests are being threatened. There we understood that our vocation, our true vocation, was to move for eternity along the roads and seas of the world.
Always curious, looking into everything that came before our eyes, sniffing out each corner but only very faintly — not setting down roots in any land or staying long enough to see the substratum of things; the outer limits would suffice. What I loved about this book was not only the lens on the fascinating history of Che's life and especially the Cuban revolution, but the dozens of journal excerpts from Ch I did not read Che because I'm a wannabe socialist or guerrilla.
What I loved about this book was not only the lens on the fascinating history of Che's life and especially the Cuban revolution, but the dozens of journal excerpts from Che. I mean what a deeply reflective thinker.
What a passionate soul. A true inspiration is Che Guevara to one who needs a boost of courage to take the risk of following what they believe in, even if it means sacrificing the easy road of a lot of comfort and security in one's life.
Over the years as Che Guevara was commodified, he became the most familiar figure and yet a misunderstood and unkown personality. He became a brand that was used to sell everything from t-shirts and mugs to canned beer. Who was this extraordinary man who gave up his privilege and everything he cherished and dedicated his life to an idea and died for it?
This is a great biography that gives him a historical context and brings Over the years as Che Guevara was commodified, he became the most familiar figure and yet a misunderstood and unkown personality. This is a great biography that gives him a historical context and brings him to life.
Che is one of the most important and charismatic figures of the human struggle against injustice and oppression. This biography is meticulously detailed and comprehensive. John lee Anderson takes us from the social conditions of his childhood, his family whose independent spirit will be a great influence on him, his medical studies, to his famous motorcycle journeys and his later journeys across the Americas that awakened his political and social consciousness as he became a dedicated Marxist.
The Cuban revolution after which he became the principal architect of its economic direction, and his return to Guerrilla warfare after he decided that the Cuban revolution was on the right path that eventually led to his death in Bolivia. The death that would give him such an enduring romantic legacy. The final section of this book has many poignant moments. Che was selfless, strong-willed, honest, a lover of learning who constantly read books, and was totally dedicated to the cause of struggle against imperialism.
While Fidel and Che shared the same goals and ideals, Fidel was a wily politician who presented a different face to the public from his private self and Che was honest to a fault who always spoke his mind. The author brings out both the passionate romantic and the cold rationale side of him. As a guerilla he was a man embroiled in a violent struggle and was no saint.
He was a great tactician and a charismatic leader who attracted undying loyalty from many. He led an ascetic life and expected everyone to live upto his standards. He was a strict disciplinarian. He was also very idealistic and utopian which shows in the unbridled faith and optimism that he showed even when people around him were failing him. As a Marxist, he wanted to diversify and industrialise the Cuban economy. In this he was critical of the soviet model and was more of a Maoist.
He was a dedicated internationalist and he held that socialism could only be successful with the creation of the "New Man". He believed that a change in consciousness should be simultaneous with the new material foundations. I think his idea of the "New socialist man" is his most important contribution to Marxist theory. He argued that capitalism produces incomplete alienated individuals that only a true socialist society enables a man to become a complete individual.
An excellent and inspirational biography of a truly selfless revolutionary. He dedicated his life to what he believed in and he ultimately died for it.
View all 4 comments. May 05, Hadrian rated it it was amazing Shelves: Extremely interesting biography of a very controversial man. I'm still not quite sure what to think of him, but I know considerably more about him. A side note: That is not the point of a biography, to confirm your own prejudices. It is to form a portrait of a man's life to analyze and learn from.
Sep 04, Erik Graff rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book was given me as a gift--an excellent one as the biography of Ernesto "Che" Guevara b. Although a cultural icon even in life, Che is presented realistically as the hopeful revolutionary he was--too radical and cosmopolitan, perhaps, to have lasted long as a Cuban administrator. One may not agree with his politics, but it is difficult not to admire the man's spirit.
View all 6 comments. Feb 13, A. There may be people who are sincere in their admiration, The great historical tragedy surrounding the legacy of Che Guevara is that man who was nothing but completely and utterly sincere has become a symbol of insincerity. Che spent the remainder of his life with the ambition to duplicate the Cuban revolution in his birthplace. Here's where Che's many faults came into play. Guevara had all of the arrogance and hardheadedness that came with being a steadfast ideologue.
Just because something had been done once, Che believed that it could be duplicated in different situations by following a set of principles.
This belief led to nothing but disasters of an increasingly hubristic nature. Che failed that his earlier success in Cuba made a repeat of that success near impossible. Now, Latin American governments and their U. Instead, they would be smashed quickly and brutally. Sep 10, Selby rated it really liked it Shelves: A great biography about a generally misunderstood figurehead. I have seen too much crap with Guevera's face on it; tees, bandanas, medallions, pencil holders, etc.
His persona has been so commodifed it is important to understand who he was and what he represents. The book does not shy away from his dark moments; rape, murder, or his phenomenal ones; adrenaline shots into the heart, voluntary poverty. A fantastic book. I highly recommend this book.
All have heard of the icon Che Guevara May 14, — October 9, This book shows you who he really was. His character, his weaknesses and strengths, his life-philosophy and goals, all of this is covered in this book.
It is meticulously researched and full of exclusive information, for example previously unavailable information gathered from his second wife.
It follows his life chronologically through to his death. After his death, in the epilogue, the lives I highly recommend this book. After his death, in the epilogue, the lives of his siblings, parents, children and wives are chronicled too.
This book is comprehensive. His characteristics are exemplified through his deeds. I admire Che Guevara and yet he went too far. At least in my opinion. He certainly wanted to help others. He certainly demanded high standards of others, but he demanded the same of himself.
This book is also about the ideals of socialism.
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life
It is about communism and how the Russian and Chinese diverge. It is about the guerrilla warfare. The book is about how these political ideologies spread in Latin America.
You learn of how these ideologies played out in all of Latin America, not just in the country of his birth, Argentina, not just in Cuba, but in Nicaragua and Guatemala and Peru and Bolivia and Mexico. The history of all of Latin America from the 30s through the 60s is delineated. Because he had a hand in much of it. You learn of the fight for socialism in the Congo too. I am usually not interested in politics. But Che had such devotion to his principles that his enthusiasm spreads and you understand why he does what he does, even if it all goes too far in the end.
The author made me understand how Che reasoned. And Che knew his own faults. How wonderful ideals can get all messed up. I feel I know who Che Guevara is after reading this book. I learned a lot about Latin American history. Through his life I became very interested in this history. There are a lot of names and historical facts that will disappear from my head, but something will fasten.
I listened to an audiobook. He could read the facts with an appropriate tone. Beware, this is a very long audiobook - 36 hours and 48 minutes! I found all of it compelling. To really know who Che is you must hear the details. These facts are not boring.
Nevertheless I did remember most of who all these people were. You must know that Che was really called Ernesto. He used to say that all the time to others. That is why others started calling him that.
He was trained as a doctor. When he was young he was not at all interested in politics. He had terrible asthma. Can you imagine fighting as a guerrilla with asthma in humid climates?
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life
These are just a smattering of some interesting tidbits. I still admire Che Guevara. He is a fascinating person. I will put an end to this….. I cannot go on and on telling you about him. I highly recommend this book, but give yourself the time to read it properly. Sep 08, Jason rated it it was amazing Shelves: I bought this book because I really had little to no idea who this guy was.
I knew he was involved in the Cuban revolution, and that his face adorns thousands of T-shirts around the world, but that was it. What really motivated me to finally sit down and read this book was something I saw in a Chinese restaurant about two or three months ago. I was sitting in the restaurant, waiting for my food when a twelve-year-old kid came in, wearing a Che Guevara shirt.
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I wondered if the kid even knew anyth I bought this book because I really had little to no idea who this guy was. I wondered if the kid even knew anything about the history or what that shirt entails. Was it simply a cool symbol of rebellion to him, as it is to thousands of others? To me, a kid wearing that shirt seemed rude, somehow. But these judgements I gave so easily only made me a hypocrite; I had no real knowledge myself. Jon Lee Anderson's opus takes us on Che Guevara's adventurous life from birth up until his death in the Bolivian mountains.
Exhaustively researched, the timeline is flawless, from what I can tell. But what makes this book, and Che's life, so interesting, is the man himself: As a Capitalist Imperialist myself, an individual Che would have enjoyed shooting, I never thought I'd admire a communist. But there is a lot to admire in Che. Up until his death, he was a man who stood by his word.
He walked the walk and talked the talk. If he was going to be a communist in a role of leadership, he wasn't about to abuse that power and live in a palace. He lived amongst the people, and expected no less from others in positions of power. There was also a lot to hate. Che was a man bent on using violence to create social change within the world. Although this theory may hold some truth, in my opinion, the things Che wanted to accomplish in his lifetime were just insane.
I live in country where I'm allowed to read what I want, and think for myself, so I'm glad these things never came to pass. My country's politics are very flawed, but so is communism, in my humble opinion. It is also my opinion that there's no government that can operate perfectly, but that is another topic.
Che was, however, loved by many people. His very presence in history was enough to spark even my own affection, as he was a rare and most interesting individual. I highly recommend reading this, especially to those who've either worn the shirt, or have wanted to, but know nothing about the actual man.
And remember, it is much a more attractive character trait to educate yourself before making judgements. May 06, K. Absolutely rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Tata J. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While reading it, I had a feeling that I was taking a Rizal course in college. When I picked the book in December last year, I said that I would like to know the man because I have been seeing his image printed on cool t-shirts since I was a kid.
A few years ago, I bought and viewed some parts of the movie Motorcycle Diaries but I did not know that it was about the teenager Che Guevara.
After reading the novel, I think I know everything that I need to know about the guy. Thanks to this well-researched book of Jon Lee Anderson. I look forward to reading his other books like the one about the Fall of Baghdad that he wrote only a few years ago. Did I like Che Guevara as a person? Definitely, yes. He stood to what he believed was right. Did I believe he was right? Philosophy and literature including poetry are his greatest interest and this broadened his thinking and developed his critical reasoning.
Then his sojourns in the countryside opened his eyes to the injustices to marginalized people in Argentina. With Fidel Castro by his side, he succeeded in Cuba but failed in Argentina, Honduras and Bolivia leading to his death on October 9, I was only 4 year old then.
He was able to serve the poor as a doctor in the years in the mountain. However, now that the Lenin-Marx models were proven as not as effective, I have a second thought that his short life he died in the age of He could have succeeded more as a allergy scientist.
On the other hand, with your image printed on shirts being worn by young people even 40 years after your death, is it not an achievement enough? Apr 23, Amy rated it it was amazing.
After trying to research information about Che on the internet and from people around me I found that there is a large amount of propaganda from both Cuban's and American's that conflict with what people are told that this man was like. This books was thoroughly researched and showed both the great attributes of the man and the extreme views he held.
It was also interesting to read about Che as a father, husband and son because I think it is forgotten that those close to him seemed to have to acc After trying to research information about Che on the internet and from people around me I found that there is a large amount of propaganda from both Cuban's and American's that conflict with what people are told that this man was like.
It was also interesting to read about Che as a father, husband and son because I think it is forgotten that those close to him seemed to have to accept that he was a revolutionary on behalf of Latin America first and a person second. Many books about Che also forget about the people around him and how his death affected them, but this book tells us what happened to each person involved in his life after he was killed and how they were either encouraged or disheartened by the events.
I think Jon Lee Anderson wrote this book very cleverly as he layed out all the facts for us in a captivating and engaging way but he still leaves room for us to come to our own conclusions about the man and his beliefs. Excellent biography with great quotes and passages from Che himself and those close to him.
Dec 29, Jason rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Those interested in Latin-American especially Cuban history and politics. This is a hell of a book, both in length and content! I enjoyed getting a clear and ample picture of such a mythologized human being. Even as a Spanish major, I didn't hear very much about Che, other than that he wanted to be the new Bolivar and he was Castro's right-hand man. I also learned a lot about communism and its implementation in various countries throughout the world.
It took me a whi This is a hell of a book, both in length and content! It took me a while to get through, and I was getting tired around page or so.
It's well worth the struggle, however! Nov 23, Benjamin rated it really liked it. Exhaustive to say the least but if you have any questions about the life of this man, this book will answer them for you. I do get the impression that Guevara would hate just about everybody walking around the US with his picture on a t-shirt. Aug 11, G. Brennan rated it it was amazing. Among Communism's dead and dying giants, Che Guevara stands out.
Few of them lived a shorter life; the job title of "Major Communist Figure" seemed to grant Fidel Castro, Deng Xiaoping, Kim Il Sung and others a Methuselah-like longevity, whereas Che didn't live to see his fortieth birthday. But few, too, lived a life so chock full of romantic adventure, intrigue, myth and mystery.
It's a life that retains a certain allure, a life that, to many, still seems worthy of veneration and emulation. It i Among Communism's dead and dying giants, Che Guevara stands out. It is difficult to write a biography about someone larger than life, hard to convey both the person and the myth, but Anderson has done a stellar job on both fronts.
Besides being well written, "Che" is excellently and thoroughly researched, a far more difficult and important feat: Importantly, too, Anderson shows us not the blown-up and distorted figure so many have seen, but the true dimensions of a man and his actions.
Although he admitted throughout that as a vagabond traveler he could only see things at surface level, he did attempt to delve beneath the sheen of the places he visited.
On one occasion he went to see a woman dying of tuberculosis, leaving appalled by the failings of the public health system. This experience led him to ruminate the following reflection: It is at times like this, when a doctor is conscious of his complete powerlessness, that he longs for change: Witnessing the widespread endemic poverty , oppression and disenfranchisement throughout Latin America, and influenced by his readings of Marxist literature, Guevara later decided that the only solution for the region's structural inequalities was armed revolution.
His travels and readings throughout this journey also led him to view Latin America not as a group of separate nations, but as a single entity requiring a continent-wide strategy for liberation from what he viewed as imperialist and neo-colonial domination. His conception of a borderless, united, Hispanic-America sharing a common ' mestizo ' bond, was a theme that would prominently recur during his later activities and transformation from Ernesto the traveler, into Che Guevara the iconic revolutionary.
I knew that when the great guiding spirit cleaves humanity into two antagonistic halves, I will be with the people. Although it is considered to be formative, scholars have largely ignored this period of Guevara's life. Recalling that they shared everything with the sick people and describing Guevara's wave on departure as follows: According to his daughter Aleida Guevara in a article, throughout the book we can see how Guevara became aware that what poor people needed was not his scientific knowledge as a doctor, but his strength and persistence to bring social change.
Guevara's experience of the South American continent also helped to shape his revolutionary sensibilities. Guevara allegedly replied "Revolution without firing a shot? You're crazy? In , Che Guevara's daughter, Aleida Guevara , explained that her father had not intended his diary to be published, and that it had the state of "a sheaf of typewritten pages".
But already in the s, his family worked on his unpublished manuscripts, and a Cuban publishing house brought out The Motorcycle Diaries for the first time in The director of Ocean Press insists that the book had been legally published in Cuba and that any rumors of a conspiracy to prohibit its publication there are false.
He also points out that the Union of Young Communists brought out an edition, with another to be published by the Che Guevara Studies Center. Furthermore, he has given an assurance that its publication has the support of many people including Fidel Castro. The Motorcycle Diaries: This edition is edited and translated by Alexandra Keeble.
Some observers have questioned the full veracity of the work based on its editing. Michael Casey wrote that " Diaries is not a diary at all but rather a deliberately constructed memoir that the young Ernesto fashioned and embellished". Frans Weiser argues that Guevara was not the only person that was editing and reshaping his notes. Guevara's youthful Motorcycle Diaries is rebellious in ways that are not immediately obvious.
This travelogue shows Ernesto the Medical Student developing a sense of Pan-Latin Americanism that fuses the interests of indigenous Andean peasants with traditional adversaries like upper-middle-class Argentine intellectuals i. The book ventures a unified regional opposition to U. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the film, see The Motorcycle Diaries film. There we understood that our vocation, our true vocation, was to move for eternity along the roads and seas of the world. Always curious, looking into everything that came before our eyes, sniffing out each corner but only very faintly — not setting down roots in any land or staying long enough to see the substratum of things; the outer limits would suffice.
Main article: List of works related to Che Guevara. The New York Times. Retrieved A Revolutionary Life First Paperback ed. Grove Press. Young Che: Memories of Che Guevara by his Father First ed.
Vintage Books. Toronto, Ontario, Canada:It also gave detailed advice on tactics — and consequently it remains the preferred manual of guerrillas the world over to this day. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Later, after Batista was vanquished, Che was put in charge of the revolutionary firing squads.
This book brings to light a rich collection of diaries and letters—many previously unexamined—and is especially interesting for being written from a largely Cuban perspective.
Anderson, a freelance journalist and the author of an earlier book on guerrillas, spent five years on this volume—the first major biography of Che—and in it he portrays Che as a complex, volatile, ultimately tragic figure who was critical to insuring the victory of the Cuban revolution yet unable to live with the results.
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